For many of us, half the fun of having an Android phone is running a customized version of the OS on our phones. OK, more than half. Custom ROMs can offer a very different experience from what the manufacturer intended, and often times it's like having a new phone to play with. This week, Android Central forums moderator terpitude71 is going to have a look at the ApeX 1.4 ROM as running on his Droid X. Kick back, and head past the break to have a read. Thanks Brad!
For those of you who have been following along with all the Best Buy, Motorola XOOM chaos you might like to know that Best Buy now seems to have all their affairs in order for pre-ordering the Motorola XOOM. Despite Best Buy pulling the trigger not once but rather twice on their XOOM pre-order pages another one has now popped up on their site and looks like it might actually remain there rather then being removed.
Don't get too excited though, you can't actually pre-order using the page (yet?) it just tells you to visit your local Best Buy instead. Oh right, it's not $1200 either; they opted to not add any price this time. [Best Buy] Thanks, JC!
Update - Prices and accessories now added to the page. Listed price is $799.
We've been hearing from many of you who bought a shiny new Inspire 4G that there appears to be an issue with the device upload speeds. While AT&T is busy working out the kinks in their HSPA+ network, getting backhaul in place and pouring the magic 4G dust into the wires, most of us with an Inspire 4G are still using the 3G HSPA network. HSPA is broken down into two parts -- HSDPA (download) and HSUPA (upload).
The Inspire 4G is not HSUPA capable, according to AT&T. No conspiracy. No rumor. Just the answer, straight from the source.
This explains why most of us are seeing fast 3G download speeds, but no-so-much on the upload side. I had a bit of a play with this myself last night, and see the same thing -- download speeds around 2 Mbps, and upload speeds around 200 kbps. You can see above what our (and TiPb's) own Jeremy Sikora is seeing for speeds in Chicago. He also notes that upload speeds on his iPhone 4 (which is HSUPA capable) are about twice what he sees with his Inspire.
While it's not the news most of us want to hear, it does clear up the confusion. Thanks to the folks at AT&T who took time to answer our questions.
Another new device in the hands of other users means it going to get put through the inevitable system dump. That is exactly what has happened to the Motorola Atrix 4G and it has some goodies for everyone out there. Wallpapers, ringtones and even the boot animation are all available for download now.
Plus, if you like to tinker around with the internals you can get at the complete system dump as well. If you're not much for that, stick to the basics but if you're a developer or ROM cooker then by all means have at it. [Android Central Forums]
You can just about taste the Motorola Xoom. As you can see above, display materials are starting to make their way into stores, and official ability is believed to be right around the corner, possibly in the next few days.
Pricing still isn't official, however, and we're still waiting on Google to release the Honeycomb code to manufacturers, so there are a couple of pretty big steps still to be taken before we get this 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in our fat little fingers.
But we're getting closer, folks. One more pic after the break. Thanks, S!
Just in case you may have been holding off on your plans to pick up a Motorola Atrix 4G upon release based on the fact root possibilities were unknown you can now rest easy. Yes, the Motorola Atrix 4G can now be rooted as demonstrated above. Now all you have to do is wait until either your pre-order shows up or AT&T starts stocking them in store. Mind you, February 21 and 22 are still a few days away so patience is a virtue here and you'll also have to wait for the method to be revealed. Anyone grabbing one now based on root being available soon? [Android Central Forums via XDA]
Having sold millions of copies worldwide on those other (lesser) platforms, Flight Control for Android has landed in the Android Market, courtesy of the folks at Namco. If you're unfamiliar with Flight Control, it's a pretty fun game to play if you're looking to get in on some android gaming.
The basis of the game is to guide your planes to their same-colored runways without crossing the paths of other planes that you are also guiding in for landing. You simply trace out with your finger where you want the planes to go and should they crash -- well, game over for you.
Flight Control is available for $4.99 and includes stat tracking, high score counts and up to 10 different planes on multiple playing fields. Jump on past the break for the download if you want to give it a shot. Having played it myself for quite some time, I can say it is one of those games that will keep you coming back for more until you beat it.
EA Mobile just informed us that Bejeweled 2 is now available in the Android Market for $2.99. Currently the game will only be available in the US, Canada, and Japan.
In the past few months, Android has really seen support grow from one of gaming's largest publishers. With recent additions of Need for Speed: Shift and the ever classic, Worms, it's becoming clear that EA is onboard with Android. QR code after the break.
As many developers are still making their way through the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK, many are finding, testing and making use of the many new API's found within. One such API being played around with is the animations API. The above video while rather simple in nature, shows off how fluid animations can be when put to use. In the end this will translate to some pretty awesome graphics, something that we already know but we can never get enough eye candy around here. If you really want to get the full effect, click on over to the 720p link. [Curious-Creature via Twitter]
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has now turned up in the Verizon inventory system only shortly after having been announced at MWC2011. Although no launch details (Spring is not a date) or pricing are to be found in the information revealed today, the fact it is even there leads us to believe that launch cannot be that far off. Hopefully we'll get some pricing and release dates soon but if you want to get a better look at the device, check out our hands-on from MWC2011. [Engadget]
Amazon.co.uk is currently listing the new HTC Desire S for pre-order for £419.99 (~$650) with a release date of April 18. Pre-release info from retailers should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as they have a habit of setting wildly-inaccurate pre-sale prices which are then changed once the official pricing is known. That said, £419 is a believable figure for the Desire S -- its predecessor sold for almost exactly this price at launch, and the Desire HD currently retails for a similar amount in the UK. It's impossible to verify the release date, although obviously it falls with the Q2 2011 launch window given by HTC.
Elsewhere, Amazon Germany lists the HTC Flyer tablet for pre-order with a price of €669 (~$900). Yep, that's a lot of money for 7-inch tablet, and it's a figure we're fully expecting to change closer to release. No release date was listed for the Flyer, but it too is slated for Q2 2011.
Amazon Germany is also listing the Incredible S for €519, the Wildfire S for €299 and the Desire S for €499. Again, these are believable prices for these phones, but there's no way of verifying them at this early stage.
If you've noticed you're no longer able to access Twitter using Twidroyd, don't feel like you're the only one. Twitter has posted and fired off emails stating that Twidroyd (and ÜberTwitter for BlackBerry) has been suspended from Twitter use. Anyone using the app in the mean time is suggested to utilize one of the various many other Twitter applications available. While Twitter did not directly state the reason instead opting to inform it was due to violation of Twitter policies. We'll keep you all updated as we find out more info. [Twitter] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!
Update: Twitter got in touch with TechCrunch and had quite the response. The meat of the situation is:
"Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money."
Yowsa. We've reached out to UberMedia (Twidroyd's parent company) and will be sure to keep you up to date with any further news. [TechCrunch]
Flash was included as a feature by default in Android 2.2 Froyo, but there are some phones that don't or can't support Flash. As a general rule of thumb anything that is "low-end" won't be able to run Adobe's flagship software, but there are a couple others that can't as well. Here's the list of Android devices certified to run Flash:
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